So, I'm trying to establish breastfeeding after having my little man in the NICU and pumping for the first few days of his life (he's a week old, now). I'm having a few issues, and I was hoping to get a little help. I'm going to try to call a LLL member or the LC from the hospital if I don't get any better soon. Aiden wants to sleep all day and night. He only weighed 5 lb 8 oz at birth, so I'm really nervous about him not getting enough to eat. I've been supplementing with formula and EBM when I don't feel like h's had enough to eat. Sometimes he'll latch for me and suck for about 10 minutes, but sometimes he just latches for a minute and falls asleep right away. I want to try to get away from the pumping and such because it's really, really wearing me thin. My husband works long hours so it's just me and the baby and I'm not getting much sleep as it is.
How do I get Aiden to wake up to feed? I am supposed to wake him to feed every three hours, but unless he wakes up hungry, I can barely get him to eat anything. I unwrap him, talk to him, rub his hands, feet, back, and still he sleeps.
How long should he be feeding at a time?
How do I do this?!?!
Oh, and because he's so small, latching issues have surfaced. Sometimes he gets it, sometimes he doesn't. I want him to eat so badly, though, I am almost willing to just let him suck without a proper latch, but I know that's not helping anything.
Ok, sorry, I'm pretty overwhelmed right now. He's had four wet diapers and two dirty diapers today, so far. Here's what he's eaten:
#1 - 1200 am - 20 min breast + 5 ml
#2 - 0130 am - 10 min breast
#3 - 0430 am - 70 ml EBM
#4 - 0800 am - 5 min breast
#5 - 0915 am - 30 ml EBM
#6 - 1215 pm - 35 min breast
Does this seem OK? To top it all off, I've got a massive headache today, that just isn't going away, and it's stressing me out. Your help would be sincerely appreciated!